The Anthony Davis trade has been as much of a difference-maker as advertised for the Los Angeles Lakers, as the star center has helped lift the team to the best record in the NBA. Davis will face off against his former team this week when the Lakers hit the road to play the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pelicans got a decent haul of young talent and draft picks back for Davis but they have been hit hard by injuries early in the season. New Orleans would love to knock off Davis and the Lakers, but Los Angeles will still be the clear favorite in this matchup.
This NBA regular season game between the Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans will be held at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana at 9:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 27th, 2019. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
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The Lakers have a record of 14-2 on the season, which is the best mark in the NBA. Los Angeles has picked up seven consecutive victories and has done a really nice job on the road with six victories in seven attempts. The Lakers have some stiff competition in the Western Conference so will need to keep stacking wins.
The Pelicans would love to get into the playoff mix but it won’t be easy. New Orleans has a mark of 6-10 on the season and is 4-4 at home on the year. The Pelicans have won five of their past 10 games and are hoping to find a groove once they start getting some key players back.
The Pelicans have been without Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball for stretches this season due to injury. Those three players were all acquired from the Lakers for Davis and are hoping to help lead the team to a rebirth.
Ingram and Ball are healthy now and should be good to go against their former team. Ingram has been really impressive this season and will aim to put up big numbers and help his team to the upset. The Pelicans are anxiously awaiting the return of No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson, who has missed the start of his rookie campaign due to a knee injury. Williamson won’t be back until mid-December so the Lakers won’t get a look at him in this one. Hart is also battling an ankle injury still and it’s unclear if he will be available.
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Davis -- New Orleans had some good times with Davis leading the way but it never made the jump to elite. He become unhappy and asked out, and the Lakers eventually gave up what the Pelicans wanted this offseason in order for the trade to happen.
Davis has paired with LeBron James to give the Lakers arguably the best 1-2 punch in the NBA. Davis is averaging 25.5 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 3.0 blocks and 1.5 steals per game. He is fantastic on both sides of the floor and has been a huge reason why the Lakers have gone from the lottery a season ago to one of the top title contenders.
The Pelicans could be an interesting team once Williamson gets back. New Orleans will likely dig itself too big of a hole to truly compete for the playoffs, unless it can pull off some upsets in the next few weeks. The Pelicans will be amped up to compete in this one and should put a scare into the Lakers, although Los Angeles is too talented to give this one away. New Orleans is likely to cover the spread provided it gets a few points from the oddsmakers.
NBA Pick: Los Angeles Lakers 121, New Orleans Pelicans 118
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